South Carolina and Golf Love Each Other

south-carolina-golfMy buddy Pete, from Columbia, SC, say’s to tell y’all that The Palmetto State placed 11 courses in the new Golf Digest rankings, followed by California with nine.

Florida and North Carolina had five each. The rankings are based on extensive criteria established by Golf Digest and used by hundreds of expert golfers to assess each course. They appear in the May 2009 issue of the magazine now on the stands.

I’m not an expert golfer, I guess, ’cause they didn’t ask me 😉

The highest ranked South Carolina course on the list was The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, ranked number four. Kiawah Island Golf Resort also had another course on the list, Turtle Point at No. 48.

Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island was ranked No. 13, while the May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff was ranked No. 22.

Six of the eleven courses are on the Grand Strand, home to more than 100 courses and one of the world’s most popular golf destinations. They are The Heritage Club at Pawleys Island (No. 33), the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach (No. 38), Tidewater Golf Course & Plantation at North Myrtle Beach (No. 41), Caledonia Golf & Fish Club at Pawleys Island (No. 66), the Resort Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach (No. 77) and a pair of courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach – the Fazio layout at No. 96 and the Dye course at No. 99.

There are more than 380 golf courses in South Carolina. The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism maintains a Web site specifically targeted to golfers at, along with the state’s
official general tourism site at

Personally, I trained in Fort Jackson, SC, in June, July and August, with a small Ranger Battallion and I would advise you not to do the same.

Instead, Play Golf America!

If you’d like to search for particular golf courses, The Golf Channel has a golf course finder available.

14 comments… add one
  • I’ve played the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, and I have not had so much fun golfing before or since! Definitely my favorite.

  • Can you tell me which course is pictured there?
    Frankie C

  • No idea. It was sent to me by the good folks in S.C.

  • If you do find out let me (us) know because there will be a trail of golfers going there.

    Frankie C

  • The Dunes in Myrtle Beach is my favorite, but the state of South Carolina is golf country! So many options, there are MANY great golf courses throughout the area.

  • This looks an awsome course at such a height . I too wants to play in big courses of such type but never really got the chance to do that .

    cool golf games

  • I’ve never been to South Carolina to play it nice courses. Me and some buddies are heading to Vegas in a few weeks. Anybody play the awesome courses there?
    Found this nice site on Las Vegas, listing all the courses –

    Course Index –

  • Ed

    The Dunes Golf and Beach Club @ Myrtle Beach has to be one of the hottest places I’ve ever visited… you just can’t beat a decent course like that IMO.

  • My wife and I honeymooned on Kiawah (both golfers). Played 3x on the island courses and 1x on the Ocean course. Loved how difficult and yet fair the course was. The caddy had great insight and was polite and funny. I can think of no better course nor place to be better taken care of.

  • I’ve played the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, and I have not had so much fun golfing before or since! Definitely my favorite.

  • Jimmy

    The course pictured is the Cliffs at Glassy. It is a private course near the NC/SC border.

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